Before I get to talking about healthcare, my blog needs some grumpy cat pictures……. Ok now that hopefully I’ve lightened the mood, I’ll begin. Healthcare is SO screwed up. I happen to live in the mecca of the screwed upness of healthcare. I seriously think that in the city of Pittsburgh healthcare is more f’d up […]
I was reading a post on GirlWithTheCane’s blog about a disabled individual that was institutionalized and the man’s music therapist said she thought of the lyrics “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” That’s a song by Billy Taylor. I know what it feels like to have everyone around you think that you’re […]
I was really pissed off when I wrote my last post so I thought I’d do a post about something that is the antithesis of anger – meditation. When you meditate, you’re affecting the brain DIRECTLY. When you’re doing all those repetitions of stuff, you’re affecting the brain INDIRECTLY. Both ways of affecting the brain […]
Someone gave Peter’s book a bad review because it didn’t specifically mention cerebellar strokes. I think I know who it was and let me just say – that’s annoying as all hell. I will defend Peter G. Levine to the death. There is NO difference where in the brain your stroke occurred. It’s all brain damage. […]
On The Voice tonight the last song that was sung was I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That). What the hell is ‘that’? What won’t Meatloaf do for love? Does anyone know?
About a year after I had a stroke I started a blog on a whim. I thought – seriously I remember thinking this – that I’m a physical therapist, I know everything about recovering from a stroke. I should start a blog and tell people things. Ummmm. LOL!!!! I didn’t know jack shit. I thought I had […]
Tiniree said that she was discharged from the hospital without having been taught how to more easily roll over and get up. This bothered me for 2 reasons……… 1. It was obviously important to her and…….. 2. Rolling over was one of the first skills that I was taught in PT school in my stroke […]
I’m reading a book thing right now that will be considered a continuing education course when I’m finished with it and take the online test. Here’s a line from the book……………. Am I allowed to put lines from the book on my blog? Oh well I don’t really care. Here’s the line………………. “All those involved […]
I got a mammogram this morning. My mom had breast cancer when she was 32 so my gynecologists all make me go get mammograms. The lady giving me my mammogram said “I’m impressed that you’re starting to get these early like you should since you have a family history.” I said to the lady “I’m […]
I have an obsession with socks………………………………… I did not have this obsession pre-stroke. My different brain that I now have as a result of the stroke formed an obsession with socks. And nail polishes. I just like really bright bold funky strange colors.
There is a CRAPLOAD of misinformation out there. It’s kind of astounding. If you have a brain injury, you better figure out for YOURSELF the correct information and not blindly listen to everything your doctors tell you. This is all stuff that I’ve heard from doctors or from other stroke survivors and it is just […]
Happy busiest going out night of the year everyone! I hope later tonight you’re going out and partying it up just like me!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve come to HATE the word ‘function.’ I started to read the manual of the continuing education course I ordered about stroke recovery and this is the very first line of the book……..”Optimal […]
A search term today was “are headaches bad after a stroke?” Are headaches ever good? I had a hell of a battle with headaches after my stroke. They were unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced in my life. They would last for several days and make me throw up. But I lucked out and won […]
Here she is……the reason I’m still on this planet…….Heather came with me last weekend to visit my friend in Tennessee. Here are some pictures in Asheville, NC. The coolest town ever. Here’s a really cool band that was playing on the street in Asheville….the lady on the far right taped two spoons together and that […]